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Paul Nicklen grew up in the Arctic, and his photography is amazing...A short, narrated presentation on the National Geographic site.
posted by HuronBob (24 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
I remember the Leopard Seal article in NG. It was fantastic. I really enjoyed the narrated presentation. I agree with his statement that amateur photographers 'take' photographs while professional photographers 'make' photographs.
posted by paddysat at 7:48 PM on June 7, 2008


I fancied myself a photographer once upon a time; I had tons of gear, did all the seminars, belonged to a photography club, even managed a photography store for a couple of years.

Guys like this are the reason I've all but hung it up. Some people just have "the eye". Anyone can have the skills and the dedication (and professional wildlife photography takes shitloads of both), but very few have that special artistic sensibility.

Thank god there are people like Paul Nicklen (and Art Wolfe and Galen Rowell and....)

Thanks. Good post.
posted by Benny Andajetz at 7:54 PM on June 7, 2008


Benny, don't "hang it up"... I'm in the same boat, I've got the gear, (well, some of it, anyway) I run hot and cold in terms of the dedication needed to just get out there and shoot... I've published next to nothing, but, every few weeks (or months), I get a great shot and it makes it all worth while...
posted by HuronBob at 8:02 PM on June 7, 2008


Wow. That shot of the polar bear underwater is amazing.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 8:26 PM on June 7, 2008


That is one of the best things I have seen in a great while. I am a professional photographer, and he has some amazing vibe to attract that seal's compassion, and to engender absolute trust from a wild thing, is a great quality. His images...mmmmm aesthetically delicious.
posted by Oyéah at 8:31 PM on June 7, 2008


he has some amazing vibe to attract that seal's compassion, and to engender absolute trust from a wild thing, is a great quality.

I credit his choice of wearing a wetsuit instead of a tuxedo.
posted by hal9k at 8:47 PM on June 7, 2008


A computer gave me a nicely formatted file the other day. Not quite the same.
posted by b1tr0t at 8:48 PM on June 7, 2008


The thing about the female seal bringing him food as if it was concerned that he'd go hungry... wow. WOW.
posted by Lectrick at 9:08 PM on June 7, 2008


So cool, HuronBob - thank you. More fabulous images at his website.
posted by madamjujujive at 9:30 PM on June 7, 2008


previously
posted by jouke at 9:44 PM on June 7, 2008


I think that female Leopard seal adopted him as a pet.
posted by jouke at 9:47 PM on June 7, 2008


Wow Wow and WOW......great post!
posted by HappyHippo at 10:09 PM on June 7, 2008


On MoFi, Pallas Athena compared the seal to a cat bringing home a bird, which they do to try to teach their pet humans how to hunt, except here the cat is 12 feet long and underwater. I think it's a great comparison.
posted by homunculus at 10:41 PM on June 7, 2008


Beautiful.
posted by gallois at 11:07 PM on June 7, 2008


On this post on the Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards, I noted that Paul Nicklen had more on display than any other photographer, and that he'd also been honoured in the World Press Photo awards (warning, grisly whale-butchering images).
posted by Flashman at 2:34 AM on June 8, 2008


I hadn't actually noticed before, but Nicklen took both second and third prize at the World Press Awards, the latter set including his Nat Geographic images of polar bears.
The beautiful picture of the swimming polar bear reminded me of this sad bit of news this week.
posted by Flashman at 4:29 AM on June 8, 2008


thanks homunculus!

it kind of boggles my mind how this large, dangerous, carnivorous creature, which was twice his size and could easily have seen Nicklen as food, instead saw him as something like itself.
posted by Pallas Athena at 5:09 AM on June 8, 2008


Pallas, my apologies for not giving you a "via" on this post....I actually intended to do so..then that particular brain cell died and I forgot... my thanks to you for posting it over at Mofi...
posted by HuronBob at 5:30 AM on June 8, 2008


I credit his choice of wearing a wetsuit instead of a tuxedo.

Funny crack, but technically incorrect. If he's in Arctic water, he'd be wearing a drysuit. In a wetsuit he'd be fucked in a very short time in water at that temperature.

(I'm a cold water drysuit diver.)
posted by illiad at 9:05 AM on June 8, 2008


thanks, huronbob.
posted by CitizenD at 12:37 PM on June 8, 2008


Great photos, thanks for the post

On my way to the Arctic myself in 10 days, for a month, and can't wait; even as a half-assed photographer myself, that place just photographs itself sometimes
posted by fourcheesemac at 4:29 PM on June 8, 2008


Cheers HuronBob, but it was homunculus, not I, who made the MoFi post. And a jolly good post it was!
posted by Pallas Athena at 9:25 AM on June 9, 2008


Paul Nicklen and friends at the Aspen Institute: Signs of Climate Change 2008.
posted by homunculus at 11:02 PM on June 19, 2008


In other news: Death of a legend :(
posted by homunculus at 11:09 PM on June 26, 2008


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